Supporting our community through service and committment
As mentioned throughout this website, "Seva" means commitment to serving others. A key element of Sevatec's service culture is our proactive participation in community service. Sevatec recognizes that it is our responsibility as a good corporate citizen to help enrich our surrounding communities of residence and business. We encourage our employees to become involved in their communities, lending their voluntary support to programs that positively impact the quality of life to those within these communities.
Charitable Donations – Each month we sponsor "Blue Jeans Friday." This program allows our employees to select a different charity to sponsor each month. For a small donation each staff member can help improve the quality of life for others while wearing their favorite pair of jeans to work. In addition, we make corporate donations as well. A few charities that we have sponsored are: Kiva, Fidos for Freedom, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Community Involvement Program – Each quarter, our employees get out into the community and work with local charities to help those in our community. We work side by side, helping to prepare meals, creating care packages for distribution, and stocking food pantries. A few of the charities we work with are: So Others Might Eat (SOME), Bread for the City, DC Central Kitchen, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Youth For Tomorrow, Feed the Children, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Service Dogs of Virginia, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Beginning in 2008, Sevatec began providing microloans to low income entrepreneurs across the world. Under normal circumstances, these individuals would be unable to secure a loan. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to entrepreneurs across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva has creating a global community of people connected through lending. Over the years, Sevatec has supported more than 50 entrepreneurs in growing their businesses, allowing them to lifting themselves out of poverty.
Sevatec supported Soles4Soules and Clothes4Souls by collecting more than 800 pairs of shoes and 350 garments which were shipped to countries all over the world who were in need. Footwear and clothing help eliminate the spreading of diseases as well as help children obtain an education - as many schools have footwear/clothing requirements to attend.
Each quarter Sevatec employees donate spend time at the DC Central Kitchen. DCCK uses their kitchen as a central location to recover unused food, prepare and deliver meals to partner social service agencies, train and employ homeless men and women for the food service industry, and intellectually engage volunteers. As a community kitchen, they recycle over one ton of surplus food each day that would otherwise go to waste and turn it into 4,000 meals for the hungry in the greater Washington, DC region.